Electoral roll & Genealogy
Birth marriage and death records to help build your family tree.
If you are interested in researching your family tree, or Genealogy in general then 192 offer some great Birth, Deaths and marriage searches alongside their excellent electoral roll data.
Have you ever thought who your ancestors were? Or maybe you are searching for a long lost relative or family member? By using the Birth, Death and Marriage register you are able to trace your own family tree, quickly and easil
Information is available for people in England & Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland are excluded) with records dating back to 1837.
Tips for searching Births Deaths and marriages.
Births and Deaths are listed under the date of the registration, while Marriages are listed under the date of the marriage event. Bear in mind that the age details are not accurate every time and also spelling mistakes were very common, especially in the 19th century! so "smith" may have been recorded as "Smyth" etc.
Key dates to remember for records in England and Wales.
1 July 1837 - General Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales introduced.
Before -1875 – an estimated 6 to 10% of births were NOT registered
1875 more rigorous enforcement of compulsory birth registration
September 1837 to June 1911 - only first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and reference number were recorded.
September 1911 to present - only first forename, subsequent initials, registration district and number plus the mother’s maiden surname.
September 1837 to December 1911 - only first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and ref number were recorded.
March 1912 to September 1962 - if the female was previously married, index records maiden name and married name
March 1912 to present day - surname of spouse recorded.
1875 enforcement of compulsory death registration
September 1837 to June 1911 - only the first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and reference number required.
September 1911 onwards - only first forename, subsequent initials, registration district and number required.
September 1837 to December 1865 - no age given at time of death.
March 1866 to March 1969 - age at death provided.
June 1969 to present - exact date of birth recorded.
Searching for birth records
Churches in England and Wales have recorded christenings, marriages and burials at parish level for Hundreds of years. The civil registration and official record keeping of births, marriages and deaths began in July 1837. Administrative areas were called registration districts. Within each of these a district registrar was appointed to take responsibility for the recording of births, marriages and deaths within the district.
Four times every year, a copy of the district registers was produced for the Registrar General, who collated them into a single country-wide index, arranged alphabetically by surname. The indexes to the registers are quarterly, the four quarters being known as March, June, September and December. Each of these covers the month itself and the two months before, for example:
January, February, March registrations in the March quarter
April, May, June registrations in the June quarter
July, August, September registrations in the September quarter
October, November, December registrations in the December quarter
Note that the quarters contain the births registered within them, which is not necessarily the same as births which took place within them. The reason why this is so is that legally there are 42 days within which to register a birth with the district registrar. This means that some births which took place during a month in one quarter will be registered in a month in the next quarter. Clearly, this is most common for births which took place within the last month of a quarter. So, for example, a birth in December might be registered in January (or, indeed, in February) the following year, which means that it would be registered not in the December quarter but in the March quarter of the year following that in which it took place. Normally, then, where you have an exact date of birth, you will find the entry for the birth you are looking for in the same or the next quarter, as follows:
January, February, March births showing in the March or June quarter
April, May, June births showing in the June or September quarter
July, August, September births showing in the September or December quarter
October, November, December births showing in the December or the following March quarter
Some births were registered late. If you cant find the entry you are searching for in the same or the next quarter, then check the two immediately following quarters, in case the birth was registered late
Adjustments for age
If, you have an exact date of birth and you cannot locate the entry for the birth you are searching for then treat the year of birth with caution. It was not uncommon that a person changed their age maybe when they got maried, so try searching 1 or 2 years either side of the date you have, starting at the same quarters. So if you have a birth in May 1902 and it is not listed in the quarters 1902, then check precedding years.
Dont forget about spelling errors as well.